I have a real problem throwing away perfectly good glass jars and bottles. To me they are little craft gems waiting for me to transform them. With Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation coming up, I decided to turn some of our recycled bottles into cute gifts for Mom and my sons’ teachers.
Before you begin this project, I want to warn you to be flexible. The painting step has the potential to get messed up, but that doesn’t mean the project has to be a failure. I’ll show you how I fixed one of the bottles that didn’t turn out as I had planned.
- Glass Bottles or Jars
- Spray Paint
- Rubber Gloves
- Plastic Bags
- Masking or Painter’s Tape
- Drop Cloth, Tarp or Plastic
- Foam Stickers
- X-acto Knife
- Embellishments: beads, transfer rub-ons, wire, fabric, ribbon, raffia, lace, or whatever you have lying around
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
Clean out the bottles/jars and let them dry completely. Save the lids if you want to cap off them off.
Select some foam stickers to use as a mask on your bottle.
I chose a heart and then cut an “M” into a circle foam sticker using an X-acto knife. (Remember to cut your letters in reverse.)
If the bottle neck is narrow, use the X-acto knife to feed the sticker into the jar.
Then use a pencil or stick to firmly press the sticker to the inside of the jar.
Wrap your bottle in a plastic bag and then tape the bag to the neck of the jar/bottle.
Put on some rubber gloves and insert the spray paint nozzle into the jar. Spray a layer of paint into the jar.
Wait a few minutes and repeat. The paint will be liquid, so rotate the bottles and jars to spread the paint around. Then turn the jars upside down to dry.
After the paint has dried (several hours), gently remove the foam sticker with the X-acto knife.
If a little paint has dripped into your masked area, you might be able to scrape it off with the X-acto. One of the stickers (jar shown on the right side below) didn’t adhere, and the paint bled underneath the sticker. But, no worries, it can easily been fixed.
To fix the drippy paint jar, I rubbed on a few decals to cover the messed up heart mask.
I added some wire and beads to the collar. And presto, a cute pencil holder!
Use a hot glue gun to glue beaded string on your bottles. I added the trim around the collar and around the heart shape on this bottle. Then, I added another rub on decal.
And, voila, a beautiful flower vase!
To create a cute bottle top, try gluing batting, fabric, lace and a ribbon to the lid.
Wrap up a small present inside some tissue paper and inserted it the bottle. Or write a little heart felt note and slip it inside.
I included a battery powered tea light, it made a beautiful votive gift. The jars are so beautiful when lit up, don’t you think?
You can also try spraying the exterior of a few bottles. They don’t have the same shiny luminous look, but they will still be beautiful none-the-less.
Do tell me, what other ideas do you have using these glass jars and bottles? I’d love to hear!